|Forum topic by gtbuzz||posted 05-23-2014 09:33 PM||1117 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
05-23-2014 09:33 PM
Apparently I was a good boy recently as I got the LN 60 1/2 Low Angle block plane from my GF for my birthday. It’s a pretty awesome gift no doubt and I’ve been looking at one for a little while. My dillemma (if you can call it one) is this – I had actually had my eyes on the rabbeting block plane.
The advantage I like with the rabbeting block plane is the ability to not have to dial in my dado stack exactly for a mortise. Just get it close enough and plane away the excess on the cheeks for a nice fit. I generally don’t do a bunch, so avoiding scrap is generally more beneficial to me than time.
Question is – do I trade it for the rabbeting plane? I’ve already been down the road of not discouraging woodworking gifts and she knows that I’m very picky (and still loves to try for some unknown reason), so that’s not an issue here. I’m also not against the idea of just buying the rabbeting plane to suppliment this as well, but my worry is that one or the other will just sit around never being used if I have both. If I get the rabbeting plane and find that it does everything the regular block does and never touch this one, I’d rather put my resources elsewhere.
Will I miss the adjustable mouth if I go to the rabbeting plane? Are there other things I should be aware of? FWIW, this is my first real hand tool. The rest of my shop is all power tools.